Kern County deputy arrested, accused of spousal abuse

Kern County deputy arrested, accused of spousal abuse »Play Video
Kern County Deputy Doug Swanson is seen in an undated file photo used in 2008.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A longtime Kern County sheriff's deputy was arrested early Sunday by fellow deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Deputies were called around 11:07 p.m. Saturday to the home in the 400 block of Casa Verde in northeast Bakersfield, according to sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt. Deputy Doug Swanson and a female were standing in the driveway when the deputies arrived.

The woman reported the pair got into an argument inside the house, during which Swanson grabbed her by the waist and forced her to the ground. Pruitt said that according to the incident report, she did appear to have minor injuries, including redness around her lower waist area, that corroborated her story. Swanson was arrested shortly after midnight.

A criminal investigation is now underway, and the sheriff's office will conduct an administrative investigation.